Freakonomics

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  • Location: New York, New York
Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

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4 Pieces

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141 Pieces

Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.


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Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn’t refuse: a legal platform to stream all t...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: :00
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In 2005, Raghuram Rajan said the financial system was at risk “of a catastrophic meltdown.” After stints at the I.M.F. and India’s central bank, he...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces ...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn’t it be even nicer to know what actually works?

  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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For years, Gary Cohn thought he’d be the next C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs. Instead, he became the “adult in the room” in a chaotic administration. Cohn...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 53:28
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If you think talent and hard work give top athletes all the leverage to succeed, think again. As employees in the Sports-Industrial Complex, they’v...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 53:28
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For most of us, the athletes are what make sports interesting. But if you own the team or run the league, your players are essentially very expensi...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 53:29
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Great athletes aren’t just great at the physical stuff. They’ve also learned how to handle pressure, overcome fear, and stay focused. Here’s the go...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 53:30
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Sure, medical progress has been astounding. But today the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Atul Gawande ...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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In the early 20th century, Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to prove if he was right. All it took were s...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:29